Monday, 24 August 2015

Uncertainty as Imo State House of Assembly Resumes on Tuesday

Following the drama that ensued last week Wednesday at the Imo State House of Assembly there still remains an air of uncertainty on whether house of assembly workers will throw up another surprise.
Last week Wednesday, August 19, 2015 staff of the Imo State House of Assembly took members of the House by surprise when in the middle of plenary workers in the Assembly decided to suspend their duties and shut the lights in the assembly complex thereby frustrating proceedings in the chamber.

This action forced the lawmakers who had begun to sweat in the chambers to adjourn plenary till Tuesday August 25, 2015.
Speaking to the workers who had begun to sing solidarity songs they disclosed that the reason behind their actions was the salary being owed them by the government.
They disclosed that the government owed them five months salary and didn’t feel the urge to even pay a part of it adding that one of the staffs had a very sick child but that the staff had no money to take the child to a hospital because she had not been paid salary.
Continuing, they added that there was never a plan to carry out this action but the issue of their co-worker who could not afford to take her child to the hospital spurred them to take action as in the event that if they acted in the manner they did then the leadership of the house may be forced to arm twist the Governor.
Speaking to the furious workers, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ihenacho Ihim, urged them to go back to work promising that their salaries will reach them as he would talk to the Governor.
But the salaries by Thursday did not come neither did the Governor bother to see them thereby forcing the state Nigerian Labour Congress and angry House staffs to barricade the entrance of the House of Assembly complex denying the lawmakers the opportunity of entering their offices.

According to a staff who spoke on anonymity the workers may continue with this action of frustrating the lawmakers, because when the lawmakers can’t seat then the Governor will be forced to do something.

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